Wednesday, February 11, 2009
# Posted 2:44 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 10 -- President Obama likes to portray the battle over the economic stimulus package that passed the Senate on Tuesday as a stark choice between his approach and that of those who would "do nothing."...Think about those words: "in truth". You don't see them often in a newspaper that plays by the unofficial rules of concealing its correspondents' opinions.
Anyhow, in order to achieve the balance expected from correspondents for the WaPo, the article includes this graf:
But if Republicans express frustration about Obama's rhetorical device, they need only look back to the man he succeeded for precedent. George W. Bush was proficient at setting up straw men when arguing for his policies, only to tear down the positions of those phantom opponents as irresponsible, unworkable or downright shameful in comparison with his own.Now, I'm not going to defend George W. Bush as a model of upright debating tactics. But since the Majority Leader in the Senate actually said "the war is lost", I've got to take Bush's side on that one. Just saying, y'know. (2) opinions -- Add your opinion
I agree that they came up with a very bad example, but my objection goes deeper than that.
Did Bush really invent the strawman argument? I seem to recall earlier examples. This is nothing but a cheap shot thrown in carelessly for "balance". Typical.
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